NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) threw three TD passes and ran for another as the Yale football team opened the 2011 season with a 37-27 win over Georgetown at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field.
Witt threw for 280 yards while completing 23 of 31 passes as the Bulldogs broke open a one-point (21-20) halftime lead with 16 straight points including a 10-yard pass to WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) and a four-yard run by Yale’s senior QB.
Smith, who had two TD catches and 272 all-purpose yards, was the other home team standout on offense with five catches for 104 yards, five kickoff returns for 163 yards and one rush for five more. Junior RB Mordecai Cargill chipped in 92 rushing yards and a pair of TDs (one receiving)
Yale senior LB Jordan Haynes led all Bulldogs with eight solos and 11 overall tackles, while senior LB Wes Moyer (6-1-7) had a team-high two tackles for lost yardage.
The Hoyas (2-1) had leads of 14-7 and 17-14 in the first half thanks to the passing of Isaiah Kempt (16-24, 115). He took a hit in the second half and was replaced by Scott Darby (16-26, 135), who caught an 18-yard scoring pass in the first quarter before throwing for one in the fourth.
The Elis open Ivy play next Saturday by hosting Cornell at noon.
Witt’s big opener moved him up in some of the Yale career charts. He is now sixth with 23 TD passes, third with 373 completions and fifth with 3,995 yards… Smith moved into fourth place with 992 KOR yards on the Eli career chart… Cargill tallied his first career rushing TD at Yale.